Cream of Wheat Pudding with fresh fruit

During the hot European summer months of old, women avoided sweltering kitchens by cooking early in the day and then shutting everything down before it got unbearable. This dish is for one of those ” I do not want to be cooking in the kitchen” days. I spent years cooking for young male boarders and […]

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Salted Turtle Sundae Cake

Valentine’s Day is the day after tomorrow and I have been playing with an “I love turtles theme” as a treat. Turtles mean chocolate, pecans and caramel. Chocolate, vanilla, ice cream, sugars are considered love foods, as is cake. Pecans are connected to wealth so it seemed to me that this combination with the addition […]

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Orange in Cardamon, Cinnamon and Rosewater Syrup

Since Valentine’s Day is on a weekend this year, this lightly flavoured recipe for oranges might make an interesting option for a lazy breakfast or even a special dessert. Cardamon is used in Asia and Africa as an aphrodisiac, cinnamon is considered a fire herb which stimulates slow burning warmth and need we discuss rose? […]

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Chocolate Cheese Parfait Shots

At this time of the year there can be just sooo much goodness out there. Gatherings after get togethers followed by open houses. One way to offer options to all those invited is to serve smaller portions, allowing your guests to sample while not filling up on any one thing. This recipe being mostly cheese […]

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Pumpkin Cheesecake Mousse wrapped in Crunchy Spiderwebs

Technically, many brandy snap recipes do not actually have brandy in them. These for example were made with rum….. potAto, potaato. Many have no alcohol at all and they all work just fine… once you get the hang of these crunchy critters. I like doing this kind of thing around Samhain as they remind me […]

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Salted Crabapple Maple Syrup Caramel Sauce

In the process of looking for something a little different for a Mabon dessert, I decided to do a little experimenting with all those crabapples I was using up last week. My intention was a more adult flavour and not something you could find on every store shelf. I wanted to plate a dessert that […]

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Roasted Nectarine Almond Shortcake

As late summer arrives so do Okanagan nectarines and I look forward to finding precious yellow fleshed balls of juiciness in the local fruit stands. Usually I am not willing to risk cooking with nectarines as local ones are a treat. I love them fresh and ripe, served with a piece of paper towel. Nectarines […]

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Summer Solstice Fruit Pizza

Having something that young people will enjoy making to offer at celebrations is usually a good thing and I try to post at least one option at these times. That is not to say that someone under the age of majority has to be around to make these tasty treats. You can take this idea […]

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Fresh Fruit Salad Shooters

A quick and simple side for Summer Solstice Brunch. The Salmon Florentine Benedicts are filling so something light such as these shooters can be a good balance if hashbrowns are feeling like too much. Strawberries are local here right now and raspberries arrived the day after I took these pictures. Apricots are from the Okanagan […]

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Warm cinnamon quinoa pudding with rhubarb and yoghurt

During the decades that I had students living in my home, summer meals that were light and fresh didn’t always hit the spot for young men with bigger appetites. I usually solved that issue with a filling dessert of some sort. This warm quinoa pudding would fit into that category. Not a traditional creamy pudding, […]

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